Ministers of Visegrad countries responsible for energy issues met on September 17, 2015 at the V4 Ministerial conference held in Ostrava under the Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group and agreed on the following statement:
Recalling the principle of solidarity, which constitutes a basis of the European Union external policy and having in mind March 2015 European Council conclusions;
- Highlighting the need of thorough reform of the Ukrainian energy sector to sustain secure energy supplies to Ukrainian consumers in the future;
- Hereby appeal to the European Commission and the Member States to keep Ukraine energy situation on the top of the political agenda;
- Welcome reaching the agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the EU on the “gas winter package” and call for its due implementation with the aim to ensure uninterrupted gas supplies to Ukraine and transit to EU during the upcoming winter;
- Underline the importance of continuation of the trilateral dialogue with the aim to contribute to finding long-term market-based solution on Russia-Ukraine energy relations and Underline the importance to ensure and maintain uninterrupted and safe transit route via Ukraine and infrastructure investments enhancing at the same time diversity of sources, suppliers and routes to the EU Member States and its neighbours like Ukraine.
Source: Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic